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Rep. Tom Emmer’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Minnesota's 6th District
Republican
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Emmer’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Emmer’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got their bills out of committee the least often compared to Minnesota Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Emmer introduced 0 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

Emmer cosponsored 210 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (50th percentile); All Representatives (25th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the least often compared to Minnesota Delegation (tied with 1 other)

0 of Emmer’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Emmer’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 600: Abby Honold Act; H.R. 2445: Self-Employed Mortgage Access Act of …; H.R. 7963: Credit Union Governance Modernization Act …

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Minnesota Delegation

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 8 of Emmer’s 21 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Emmer caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (25th percentile); House Republicans (63rd percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Was 42nd most absent in votes compared to All Representatives

Emmer missed 9.0% of votes (86 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Emmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (88th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Ranked the 47th bottom/follower compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Emmer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (12th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Got the 50th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Emmer’s bills and resolutions had 50 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (12th percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (11th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Emmer introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Introduced

Emmer introduced 21 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (38th percentile); House Republicans (74th percentile); All Representatives (46th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Emmer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Emmer’s Profile »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 210 bills that Emmer cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Minnesota Delegation (62nd percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (74th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.